It was a lower than rosy sendoff for Chris Harrison.
The longtime host of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” is seemingly not coming back to the favored actuality franchise, Deadline reported Tuesday morning.
Harrison, who hosted the ABC collection and spinoffs since 2002, reportedly acquired an eight-figure settlement and is stifled by a confidentiality settlement, in accordance to the location.
A consultant for the present did not instantly reply to a request for remark from The Post.
Harrison’s apparently everlasting exit from Bachelor Nation comes simply hours after Monday night’s premiere of Season 17 of “The Bachelorette,” a season that includes former contestants Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35, and Tayshia Adams, 30, as the show’s new co-hosts. Comedian David Spade, in the meantime, has been tapped to steer this summer time’s “Bachelor in Paradise” spinoff.
In February, Harrison was entangled in controversy when he defended former “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after footage emerged of her attending an Antebellum-styled get together. Kirkconnell finally apologized and Harrison stepped down from his duties after ex-contestants slammed him for defending her.
“We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism,” lots of the Season 25 contestants mentioned in a joint assertion shared on social media on the time. “Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized.”
In the wake of the controversy, Page Six exclusively reported that Harrison had employed LA energy lawyer Bryan Freeman, who represented Gabrielle Union throughout a latest dispute with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” on which the actress, 48, was a decide.
Controversy appeared to initially warmth up in June 2020 after it was announced that Matt James can be the primary black Bachelor within the franchise’s almost two-decade historical past. At that point, former casting producer Jazzy Collins advised The Post that the “whole season feels like a p.r. stunt” and took the present to activity for “perpetuating black stereotypes.”